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11 Photo Series That You Must See This Week

And really, who doesn't love pictures?

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1. "Killed Photographs" on Mashable


Here we have a fascinating perspective on one of the most influential bodies of photographic work in history. This selection of outtakes, or 'killed' photographs, provides insight into not only the working process of those photographers hired by the Farm Service Agency to document rural poverty during the Great Depression, but also the working methods of Roy Stryker, the editor who commissioned and facilitated the production of this monumental collection.” —Gabriel H. Sanchez, Photo Essay Editor

2. "The Crazy Secretive World of Tax Havens" on Slate

Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti / Via

"Slate published this incredible photo essay showing the decadent world of tax havens, right before news of the Panama Papers broke. It's worth checking out how the movers and shakers play." —Kate Bubacz, Senior Photo Editor, News


3. "Inside the Archives of the Smithsonian" on BuzzFeed

Chip Clark / Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History / Via

"Skeletons in your closet don't compare to what the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History has in theirs. This essay from our own Laura Gallant has everything: birds, clothes, rocks, dinosaur PARTS?! Perfect, if you were that kid who loved to rummage through other people’s perfectly organized garages and drawers. Oh, just me? Fine." —Dennis Huynh, Design Director, News

4. "Retrace Our Steps..."

Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression

Retrace Our Steps…” is a haunting series of conceptual photos depicting the aftermath of devastation wrought upon Fukushima in the wake of the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake as survivors and evacuees are seen carrying on daily life in their abandoned homes, businesses, bars, and supermarkets (as though nothing happened). Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression’s photographs capture both the desolation of present-day Fukushima, and provide a small glimpse of Japanese life — which has become nearly unrecognizable." —Ben King, Deputy Art Director

5. "The Weird and Wonderful Things Reflected in Mirrors on Craigslist" on Wired

Eric Oglander / Via

"Love the curation and the time/research that went into this. Each found shot is extremely unique and shows the alternative eye the curator has in research and editing. Also, it’s a great indicator of finding art outside of usual resources." —Jared Harrell, Photo Editor, News

7. "The Camaraderie of Teen Refugees in Germany" on i-D

Stefanie Zofia Schulz / Via

“As the refugee crisis in Europe continues to escalate, photographers have trained their eye upon the trials and tribulations of those forced from their homes due to conflict. Here, photographer Stefanie Zofia Schulz focuses on those young women caught during a pivotal moment in their teenage adolescence, while subject to such tragic and unforeseen circumstances.” —GS


8. "Queerness and Fashion in the Rural Caribbean" on The Advocate

Carlos Rodriguez / Via

“I love this series of images from photographer Carlos Rodriguez on The Advocate. These photographs of trans beauty pageant winner Scarlett Dosamantes featuring the clothing of designer Jose Duran shot in Moca, Dominican Republic, are bold, beautiful, and fearless. Goals we can all aspire to be.” —DH

11. 25 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week" on BuzzFeed

Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

"Every Friday evening, BuzzFeed shares the most moving, sorrowful, and beautiful pictures from the past week. Amongst this week's pictures are the stories of a brave canine war hero being rewarded for her valiance, demonstrations amid tear gas against proposed French labor laws, and the mesmerizing luminance of the Aurora Borealis over Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia."—GS


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